By Public Affairs staff, Auckland.
On May 3, Consul General Higgins met American study abroad students at the end of a semester-long research and study program, EcoQuest. Originally established as a partnership with the University of New Hampshire in 1999, EcoQuest now hosts American study abroad students from universities coast to coast. EcoQuest operates a Field Centre for applied studies in ecology, resource management and environmental policy.
Consul General Higgins met with students who had just completed four weeks of fieldwork and presented findings for their directed research projects. They had the opportunity to be involved and contribute to topical local conservation, science and resource management projects. Students worked locally in the Hunua Ranges and Waharau Park, on Motuihe Island, and in the Waitākere Ranges.